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Joubert, Pierre Paul-Marie


Born at Les Orres (Hautes-Alpes), September 3, 1801
Taking of the habit at Notre-Dame du Laus, June 10, 1836
Perpetual oblation at Notre-Dame du Laus June [11], 1838 (no. 75)
Died at Notre-Dame de l’Osier, December 22, 1870.

Pierre Paul-Marie Joubert was born at Les Orres, diocese of Gap, on September 3, 1801. After having been a seminarian and secretary to the Bishop of Gap, he entered the Oblate novitiate at Notre-Dame du Laus on June 10, 1836 as a lay brother. He is probably the one who was sent to Aix in September of 1837. The Founder characterizes him as “an engaging young man.” The date of his first vows remains unknown. In May of 1838, he was at Notre-Dame du Laus and Father Mille obtained the Founder’s authorization allowing him to make his perpetual profession by dispensing him from quinquennium, “when the term of his first oblation will have expired.”

Brother Joubert worked for a few years at Vico in Corsica, then at Notre-Dame de l’Osier from 1843 to 1846. He followed Father Dassy to Notre-Dame de Bon Secours in 1846. He functioned there as sacristan in charge of the linen and of the rooms. He played the role of cook for some time and Father Dassy declared that the priests “were admirable in their mortification during the tenure of poor Brother Joubert.” Father Dassy was not too satisfied with him. He considered him “somewhat of a cripple” and says that “he is not of the speediest.” In 1853, Bishop de Mazenod wrote to Father Courtès that Brother Joubert asked to leave the Congregation and that a dispensation of his vows would be afforded him. But the brother remained an Oblate. We find him again at Notre-Dame de l’Osier in 1854 and it is there that he died on December 22, 1870 at the age of seventy.

In the brief obituary dedicated to him, Father Fabre had only complimentary things to say about him. Among other things, we read: “For a long time, he scourged himself every day. In imitation of a number of saints, he branded himself on the chest with the blessed names of Jesus and Mary. [...] All of those who knew him will remember his charity; we never heard him grumble, nor slander his superiors or his confreres. [...] His dominant characteristic was love of work. For a long time the only lay brother at Notre-Dame du Laus, he saw to everything. The truth of the matter is that, even though he got up at the same time as the other community members, he never went to bed before eleven o’clock at night. Was it not he who cleared and tilled the uncultivated or non-productive land in our houses of Corsica, Bon Secours and Notre-Dame de l’Osier. [...] A mortal illness struck him down on his chosen field of battle, that is, while he was engaged in digging a new cellar under the sacristy...”

Yvon Beaudoin, o.m.i.

Sources and Bibliography
Oblate General Archives in Rome. Oblation formula, feast of St. Barnabas, [11] June, 1838.
Le frère Joubert in Circulaire n. 52 of Father Fabre, September 20, 1871. Cf. Notices nécrologiques II (1874), p. 167-168.


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